Decrease Obesity

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One strategy to both prevent and reduce obesity, in youth and adults, is to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables

 

 

 

 

According to the CDC:
 
-Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
 
-Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors.  Obesity is defined as having excess body fat
 
-Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being.
 
Immediate health effects:
 
  • Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. 
  • Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.
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  • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults.
  • Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clinical Strategies

  • Provide and expand standardized assessments for adults and children.
  • Identify those at higher risk for overweight, obesity and related diseases.
  • Implement patient interventions and treatment plans.
  • Improve patient/family engagement in treatment options and care plan.

Community Strategies

  • Improve community engagement in interventions.
  • Implement evidence-based programs and promising practices.

Policy Strategies

  • Implement policy and environmental changes that expand access to physical activity and healthy eating among adults, youth and children.
    • Employers
    • Schools
    • Built Environment
  • Align reimbursement policy to support prevention and intervention efforts.
  • Maine Department of Health and Human Services
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    Maine DHHS provides integrated health and human services to the people of Maine to assist individuals in meeting their needs, while respecting the rights and preferences of the individual and family, within available resources.

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  • MaineHealth Health Index Report - 2013
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  • MaineHealth Health Index Report - 2014
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  • MaineHealth Health Index Report - 2015
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  • MaineHealth Learning Resource Center
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    The Learning Resource Center is a program of MaineHealth that helps patients, community members and health professionals find the health information and support they need to be true partners in care. Find reliable information through our website, online library and health classes, or contact one of our health educators for answers to your specific health questions.

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  • Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey--See 2009-2015 Reports!
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    The Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) is the result of collaboration Maine Center for Disease Control and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and the Maine Department of Education. Its purpose is to quantify the health of Kindergarten and Grade 3 students through parent interviews, and the health-related behaviors and attitudes of 5th through 12th graders by direct student survey.

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  • MFFM | Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets
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    MFFM website and resources - Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets is a close network of farmers through-out Maine and a great resource for getting in contact with farmers. 

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  • Oxford County Moves
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    Oxford County Moves' ACE website with additional resources. 

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  • Oxford County Moves - Video
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